Sri Lanka: Special Drug Rehabilitation Unit at Pallekelle Prison
Sri Lanka Government has opened up a Special Drug Rehabilitation Unit at Pallekelle Prison for prisoners who were earlier confirmed drug addicts.
Accordingly, more than 500 drug addicts imprisoned due to crimes related to drug dependency were recently transferred to a new rehabilitation centre set up at the Pallekelle Prison Camp.
These prisoners will receive counseling and treatment for drug addiction while they serve their sentences for the offences committed.
A statement released by the Ministry of Justice and Law Reforms revealed that this program is part of an initiative undertaken under the directions of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, and implemented by Minister of Justice and Law Reforms, Milinda Moragoda, as a means of separating lesser offenders from hardcore criminals.
According to the Prison Department, another two rehabilitation centres are to be set up in Weeravila and Badulla in the near future.
The Ministry of Justice and Law Reforms invited family and relations of these inmates to be present on the day of their transfer to the new unit at Pallekelle.
- Asian Tribune -